Beaten to death for a traffic violation: the irredeemable brutalisation of America

NB: There are millions of decent peace loving American citizens. But there have been more mass shootings this year, even before January is complete, than in any comparable period; and now this. This kind of behavior makes one realise that the impulse toward cruelty has overtaken American state and civil society. I can only hope they will confront and overcome this self-destructive tendency, and not drag the rest of the world down with them, but it is a difficult aspiration. DS

Tyre Nichols: Biden urges calm over Memphis police murder case

Five Memphis police officers have been fired and are facing murder charges after Tyre Nichols, 29, died three days after a traffic stop on 7 January. Bodycam footage of the encounter is expected to be released on Friday evening local time.Lawyers for the Nichols family said it will show him being severely beaten. “I’m sickened by what I saw,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director David Rausch said on Thursday after reviewing the footage.

He called the officers’ actions “absolutely appalling”. Local media report that Memphis is on edge and police have stepped up patrols in the city centre as they prepare for possible demonstrations.

Murder case casts pall on Memphis police Scorpion unit

“This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual,” said Cerelyn Davis, who is the first black woman in that role in Memphis. The five officers, all of whom joined the Memphis Police Department in the last six years, were fired last week. Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr, Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith were booked into jail on Thursday…

Three nations that experienced mass shootings did something about it / Multiple people dead in shooting on Tulsa hospital campus / America is steeped in violence. And the roots of that violence go deep

American establishment looks on as its children are massacred regularly / America’s gun culture – in seven charts

The American Judiciary is ‘pro-life’ and loves guns. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition